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Eight-year-old mentally and physically disabled Samir in a Roma camp in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina on October 25, 2008. .The Roma population in Bosnia-Herzegovina was heavily affected by the wars in the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990's. It is now estimated at 100,000, but there are no accurate figures, as many are not registered anywhere, either as a result of their own scepticism towards authorities, or due to difficulties in dealing with bureaucratic rules and procedures. Many Roma have no passports, no birth certificates and most importantly, no health insurance. Some aspects of their traditions, culture and lifestyle clash with accepted norms here, as happens elsewhere in Europe. As a result most Roma in the Balkans live in poverty.